Our children ages 2 and 4 currently attend NIST Child Care Center and they thoroughly enjoy going to 'SCHOOL'. The newly built child care center is state of the art and the playground is spacious and fun for the kids. The teachers are incredibly warm and nurturing which allows them to build strong working relationships with the children.
Nist Child Care Center is a private elementary school in Gaithersburg. 8 children attend Nist Child Care Center and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Nist Child Care Center is 8:1. Brown Station Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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We have had two children attend the NIST CCC for a combined period of 5 years and counting with no significant complaints and we have no hesistation in recommending the center to other parents. Most classrooms have ratios better than the state maximums the center serves breakfast hot (catered) lunch and snack and the new facilities are spacious and well-appointed. The teachers manage the classes well with a good balance of creative play arts and crafts and educational activities appropriate to each age level. Our children are always happy to be at school and have developed a strong connection to their teachers.
My 3 year old was not made welcomed and did not receive the nurturing care by certain staff members. The staff has been CARELESS at supervising any child. My child has had 3 incidents so far one of which involved a huge bump on her head. I was told that no one saw it and that they would not speak to the other child who did it because they didn't see it or to that child's parents because that wasn't comfortable for them. Since my child does not talk in her class and was unable to tell her teachers or the director as to what happened to her. The director did not believe me when I told her that my child who I had video recorded told me who hit her across her face with a huge toy and the same child was bullying her. The director still refused to believe me and showed no concern towards my child. NIST staff operates by telling the parents they didn't see anything if an incident occurs at their facility because the child is too shy or scared to talk to them so no further investigation will be done on their part .Your better off spending your hard earned money on a QUALITY school where the staff actually cares about your child and does not look at your child as a paycheck or a number.
NIST CCC is a tight knit community where the teachers all know each student in the whole center and communicate with each other to facilitate adjustment of a child's graduation from one level to the next. The center offers field trips to zoos farms water parks etc. and also invites career professionals e.g. fire fighters and over the summer child performers to educate and entertain the children. The focus clearly is on the child's well being. Very well regarded among all parents.
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